It suddenly occurred to me today that I am now free to read whatever I want! What do I read? Fortunately the good folks at the postal service have seen fit to deliver a few books this week:
- Firstly, I received the 3 Volume International Critical Commentary on Matthew by Davies and Allison. I bought these for my thesis however, I will use them throughout the year for sermon preparation. These commentaries are the cream of the crop!
- Secondly, this morning Pope Benedict’s second volume in the Jesus of Nazareth series, Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection arrived. I had a glance at it and it looks very good. I was interested to read of his indebtedness to Martin Hengel. I plan to read this throughout Lent.
- Thirdly, I had some time to kill yesterday and was near a bookstore so I picked up Richard Foster’s Life with God. More and more I feel drawn to contemplative writers and spiritual (ascetical) theology. There is something about it that resonates with my pentecostal background and the pastoral vocation as I understand it.
I would also like to make my through Peterson’s spirituual theology series this year. I have read two of them from cover to cover but I would love to read the whole series in one stretch. One a month maybe? Barth’s Dogmatics are a continual wrestle for me and no doubt I will hop around it some more.
What would you like to read?
Matthew in the ICC is indeed the cream of the crop, but it’s about as enjoyable to read as trying to eat corn on the cob without cooking it first!
Those are some good purchases! I too have the Pope’s book and it is a good read.
I grabbed the Pope’s book in French to motivate me to maintain my French reading. The US cover is much, much better.
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